For those who don’t know:
NORAD Tracks Santa is an annual Christmas-themed entertainment program, which has existed since 1955, produced under the auspices of the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). Every year on Christmas Eve, “NORAD Tracks Santa” purports to track Santa Claus as he leaves the North Pole and delivers presents to children around the world.
The program is in the tradition of the September 1897 editorial “Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus” in the New York Sun.
The program began on December 24, 1955, when a Sears department store placed an advertisement in a Colorado Springs newspaper which told children that they could telephone Santa Claus and included a number for them to call. However, the telephone number printed was incorrect and calls instead came through to Colorado Springs’ Continental Air Defense Command (CONAD) Center. Colonel Harry Shoup, who was on duty that night, told his staff to give all children who called in a “current location” for Santa Claus. A tradition began which continued when the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) replaced CONAD in 1958.
Well guess what my friends? According to the media, some people are just plain “outraged” over what they perceive as “The Militarization of Our Kids” represented by this year’s NORAD Tracks Santa Command Video:
Say What?!?! 😯 I don’t know about you guys, but as an old Air Force veteran, I’ve always loved the NORAD Tracks Santa program despite what I might feel about Santa and Christmas! If you feel the same way, then don’t forget to check in on the Official NORAD Santa Tracker website and, oh yeah, don’t forget to share it with your kids too! 😳
I want ice water.
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